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  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. Workers said during a four-month strike in northern New England that the company was positioning itself for potential sale, and a Wall Street analyst said shareholders are pressing for one.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Vermont House endorses renewable energy package Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    "Vermont needs a renewable portfolio standard now because the viability of Vermont's RECS has been put into question," said Rep. She said once Vermont had its own standard like those in other states, its utilities could continue to sell RECS when they've met Vermont's standard and have some to spare. Vermont's new requirement would be that utilities get 55...

  • At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund doesn't grow enough to cover the estimated $1.2 billion cost of decommissioning the Vernon facility. Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry engineer who now consults with groups critical of the industry, labeled the...

  • WASHINGTON— In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. He has mentioned the idea...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint's unionized workers fear they'll find a mess when they return Wednesday from a four-month strike in which replacement workers handled call center duties and maintained the telecommunications network in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. "We have to win back the confidence of our customers," said Adam Frederickson, a FairPoint worker...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • NEW YORK— Keurig said Monday that it will pay about $624 million to buy back its shares owned by Italian coffee company Luigi Lavazza SpA. It sold about 2 million shares between Jan. 26 and Feb. 3, and about 380,000 shares on Jan. 23, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain Inc., based in Waterbury, Vermont,...

  • Feb 22- Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced. Union and FairPoint negotiators reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 19, followed by three days of union member voting...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications workers ratified a new contract during three days of voting, ending a four-month strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, two unions announced Sunday. Todd Bedard, a FairPoint worker in Concord, New Hampshire, said he's satisfied with the outcome. FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu said the contract...

  • Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Barack Obama's proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income families. The findings echo the populist messages of two liberal senators— Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont— being courted by the...

  • New England farm receipts up; Vermont, Maine lead Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— New England farm cash receipts for 2013 were up 4 percent over the previous year, led by top producers in Vermont and Maine, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Vermont ranked highest in cash receipts at $836 million— 10 percent higher than the previous year. Milk is the top money maker in Vermont.

  • Unions begin 3 days of voting on FairPoint contract Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:57 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Just a day after the announcement of a tentative agreement, more than 1,700 striking FairPoint Communications workers begin three days of briefings and ratification votes in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The company, northern New England' s primary landline provider, and unions declined to discuss details of the tentative agreement until...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Northern New England's primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday. FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike in October. Mike Spillane, a business manager for...

  • Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell and others Thursday to call for legislation tightening regulation of the industry. Ashlyn Murano, a 20- year-old single mother from Brattleboro, said at the event that a rent-to-own store hit her with a $4,000 bill when a bed she ordered had bed bugs. David Edwards, president of a franchise that owns five Aaron's...

  • Former executive enters guilty plea in fatal 2013 crash Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:02 AM ET

    NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H.— A former Fortune 500 executive on Thursday admitted that he killed a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in what he called a failed suicide attempt when he drove his pickup truck across a highway median into oncoming traffic. Robert Dellinger pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the 2013 deaths of 24- year-old Amanda Murphy and...

  • Sanders, top opposition member on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, released a report decrying what he called "legalized tax fraud." Using the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other tax havens, these companies have saved more than $280 billion in tax liabilities, Sanders concluded in the report. The senator from Vermont delivered his broadside a day ahead of a media...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The RFS Reform Act is the latest bid in recent years by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte of...

  • *Wall St rallies as Apple, Boeing lead in late-day surge. Major Wall Street indexes surged almost 1 percent or more as Apple Inc and Boeing Co extended gains following their strong earnings reports earlier this week. Amazon.com and Google Inc reported earnings after the bell, with Amazon shares gaining as much as 8.5 percent, but Google fell almost 5 percent.